US travel ban puts 20,000 refugees in 'precarious circumstances', UN says

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UN refers ‘the most vulnerable’ to governments for resettlement, refugee chief said, adding that more than 800 people had been set to arrive in US this week

The United Nations refugee chief has expressed alarm at the scale of Donald Trump’s order barring the arrival of refugees, saying it placed 20,000 people who were expecting resettlement in the US in “precarious circumstances”.

“Refugees … are fleeing war, persecution, oppression and terrorism,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees. “The individuals and families UNHCR refers to governments for resettlement are the most vulnerable – such as people needing urgent medical assistance, survivors of torture, and women and girls at risk. The new homes provided by resettlement countries are lifesaving for people who have no other options.”

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